|Delegation of Powers|
|The powers and authority of the Academic
Board referred to in these regulations have been delegated in certain
matters under the Delegation of Powers Statute 2005.|
||Admission to a graduate degree
is subject to the approval of the Academic Board.
||To ensure that a candidate is adequately prepared for
the degree, the Academic Board will require the relevant examinations
in the relevant subject or subjects of the bachelors degree to have
been passed at levels and grades which it deems appropriate.
||Candidates are usually required to have majored in their
bachelors degree in the subject to be presented for a graduate degree.
This requirement may be waived in cases where no more than one or
two papers in a given subject are proposed to be incorporated in
the candidate’s programme of study.
||The minimum requirements for the award of graduate degrees
are defined in the relevant regulations. The Academic Board may
prescribe qualifying or additional papers which must be passed by
a candidate in addition to the minimum requirements, either prior
to or concurrently with the minimum requirements. Qualifying or
additional papers may be required if the candidate is considered
by the Academic Board to be inadequately prepared in a core subject
area. Where prescribed, qualifying papers must be passed and additional
work must be completed before the candidate will be deemed to have
completed the requirements for the degree concerned.
||Papers for graduate degrees are listed in the Calendar.
||The personal programme of study for each candidate is
subject to the approval of the Academic Board.
||Particular regulations governing graduate degrees may
be varied or waived by approval of the Academic Board.
||The Academic Board may decline to re‑enrol a candidate
whose progress during the preceding year or years has not been to
the satisfaction of the Academic Board.
||A candidate who has been awarded a particular graduate
degree in one subject may only be a candidate for the same degree
in another subject.
|Time required for completion|
||In individual cases, the Academic Board may exercise
its discretion to permit a candidate to complete the requirements
of one of the degrees in less than the minimum time, and for this
purpose the Academic Board will have regard to the academic record
of the applicant and to the individual circumstances.
|Eligibility for Honours|
||Candidates for some graduate degrees may take longer
than the minimum period of full-time study to complete the degree.
However, in order to qualify for Honours, the candidate may be required
to complete the requirements within a prescribed number of years
of first enrolling for the degree.
||A candidate who withdraws from the University before
the midpoint of his or her first year of study, without having completed
any papers for the degree concerned, may have this year disregarded
for the purpose of eligibility for honours.
||The Assessment Regulations 2005 apply in these regulations.
||Candidates will normally be required to sit examinations
in the year in which they are taking the papers concerned.
|Dissertations and Theses|
||The Dissertations and Theses Regulations 2005 governing
the presentation of theses and dissertations apply in these regulations
and any dissertation or thesis required for a graduate degree must
be presented in accordance with these regulations.
||For dissertations and theses one or more supervisors
will be appointed by the Academic Board. If the chief supervisor
is also an examiner of the dissertation or thesis, at least one
other examiner (who is not also a supervisor) will be appointed.
||A dissertation or thesis presented for a degree must
embody the results obtained by the candidate in an investigation
relating to some branch of the subject or subjects being presented,
or with the approval of the Academic Board, shall take some other form
proposed by the candidate’s supervisors and approved by the Dean(s)
and chairperson(s) of department(s) concerned. The chief supervisor
or sole supervisor will be required to certify that the dissertation
or thesis embodies the candidate’s own work carried out under the
supervisor’s direct supervision.
||Dissertations and theses are assessed in terms of the
points value they represent.
|Date for Submission of Dissertations,
Theses and Research Reports|
||The deadline for the submission of any dissertation,
thesis or research report required for a graduate degree will be
4.00 pm on the fourth Friday of the month which completes one year
of study for 120 point degrees or two years of study for 240 point
||Candidates who expect that they will not submit their
dissertation, thesis or research report by the due date may apply
to the Dean or the appropriate staff member(s) with delegated responsibility
for Graduate Studies of the Faculty or School of Studies in which
they are enrolled for an extension of time without the requirement
for re-enrolment, provided that the application for an extension
is lodged prior to the deadline for submission.
||Extensions will not normally be awarded for periods
of more than 21 days beyond the relevant due date.
||Candidates who do not submit their dissertation, thesis
or research report by the due date, and who have not applied for
and been awarded an extension, will be required to re-enrol for
a minimum period to be determined by the Dean or the appropriate
staff member(s) with delegated responsibility for Graduate Studies
of the Faculty or School of Studies in which they are enrolled and
will be liable for a further payment of tuition and any other fees
and charges for the period of re-enrolment.
||The submission date for candidates who enrol on a part‑time
and/or part‑year basis will be calculated on a case by case basis
to provide for the equivalent full‑time period specified in section
19 of these regulations.
|Resubmission of Dissertations
||A dissertation or thesis for a graduate degree that
receives a narrow fail may be returned to the student with the offer
of an opportunity to revise and re-submit. The decision to offer
such an opportunity is at the discretion of the Dean of the Faculty/School
that offers the degree, and is based on a number of factors, including
the likelihood that the revision will be successful, and the availablity
of suitable supervisors and examiners.
||An offer by a Dean under section 24 of these regulations
will be in writing, and any conditions attached to the offer will
be explicit. The period allowed for the revision will be no more
than the equivalent of one semester and the deadline for submission
will be prescribed. If the offer to revise and submit is accepted,
the student will be eligible to receive a maximum grade of C and,
in the case of a masters degree, will not be eligible for the award
||A student’s acceptance of an offer to revise and re-submit
and associated conditions must be in writing. The student must then
re-enrol for the equivalent of one semester and pay fees accordingly.
For administrative and fees purposes, the student will enrol for
the particular enrolment period in which the deadline for re-submission
||A ‘provisional fail’ is recorded against the first dissertation/thesis
enrolment for the period of revision. The ‘provisional fail’ grade
is replaced by a final grade (either a fail grade or a C grade,
depending on the outcome), after the revision and re-examination
processes are concluded.
||The opportunity to revise and re-submit a particular
dissertation or thesis may be offered to a student only once.
|Change of Programme of Study|
||The Change of Enrolment Regulations 2003 apply in these
|Papers taken other than at the
University of Waikato|
||Provided that not less than one half of the requirements
for a Waikato graduate degree are passed at this University, the
student concerned may be deemed eligible for the appropriate Waikato
degree. This enables candidates who have taken a limited number
of papers elsewhere towards a graduate qualification to count these papers
towards a Waikato degree, provided that they have not actually had
the other qualification awarded.